3.1.3 Adding Sub-titles
Many of the authoring tools in this section have the capability of adding
subtitles. The theory behind subtitles is pretty simple -- You just need a
script file telling the authoring tool the beginning and ending time and the
text for a subtitle. You can pretty much do this without the help of any tools.
All you need is just watch the movie and then record all the time intervals of
conversation and then create a mapping file with the subtitle texts. For
00:00:00,790 --> 00:00:02,662
00:00:24,523 --> 00:00:27,879
00:00:55,516 --> 00:00:56,934
00:00:58,229 --> 00:01:01,316
But this will be a tedious effort. You should turn to subtitle tools unless
you have too much time to waste. Subtitle
Workshop is among one of the best free tools. You can use this tool
to do your marking and subtitle editing and here is how.
Step 1: Download Subtitle Workshop 2.51
unzip the download file to a temporary directory and then run the program
Step 2: Start Subtitle Workshop from
[Start] > [Program] >
[URUSoft] > [Subtitle Workshop] >
Step 3: Go to [File] > [New
Step 3: Go to [Movie] >
[Open] to load the movie into the program.
Step 4: Once the movie is loaded, you can then play the move
and mark the starting and ending points for a subtitle. You can stop the movie
any time, make a slight backward or forward, and edit your subtitle as shown
below. All the control buttons have tool tips. You just need to mouse-over the
individual control the the tips will be shown. It's very straightforward.
Step 5: When the whole subtitling task is done, you can save
the file by going to [File] > [Save as..]. Subtitle Workshop allows you to
save the subtitle for many authoring programs. Just choose the format that your
authoring program will need and then provide a file name. This file will become
one of the assets when you do the authoring.